Selecting a Healthy Frozen YogurtI have been eating more frozen yogurt this summer. But while comparing brands, I have found some frozen yogurts to have a lot of sugar and fat in them. Thankfully, there are a number of healthy frozen yogurts in the freezer section.
A number of frozen yogurts are made with skim milk for a lower calorie and fat profile and with Greek yogurt for a small increase in protein. Also, many frozen yogurts contain live and active bacteria cultures, one of the factors that make yogurt a healthy option. To determine if the yogurt you are looking to purchase contains these cultures, look for the National Yogurt Association’s “Live and Active Cultures” seal on the package.
· When choosing frozen yogurt at a yogurt shop, the soft yogurt has more air whipped into it and will be lower in calories than the harder, scoop kind.
· Pay attention to the type and amount of toppings added to yogurt. Remember that some of these toppings like crumbled candy or cookies can add a lot of calories.
· Whether you are purchasing frozen yogurt at a yogurt shop, or buying a carton at the grocery store, pay attention to portion sizes. Eating more than the recommended portion size, will result in consuming more calories.
· Check the Nutrition Facts labels on the carton or nutrition information at the yogurt shop to determine teaspoons of sugar. A large serving of yogurt can have well over 10 teaspoons of sugar and this is before any toppings are added.